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New novel explores role of Welsh Women in Middle Ages

A new novel written from the female perspective on a turbulent, yet successful period in Welsh history, when Wales was an independent kingdom with its own King and Queen, seeks to explore the role of Welsh women in the middle ages.

Set immediately before the Norman invasion of England, during the reign of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (1039–63), a violent, determined man who became the undisputed king of all Wales, The Lost Welsh Kingdom follows the life and times of young Elen. Very much against her will, her life becomes embroiled with that of this most powerful of Welsh kings at his capital in Rhuddlan. Will she survive such a life of misery? Or will she embrace the fate that has befallen her?

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Welsh history is retold in innovative new book

Drawn together from the latest scholarship, the highly informative book 'Welsh History: A Chronological Outline', presents a chronological survey and brief outline of Welsh history from prehistoric times to the present day – the first to do so since Annales Cambriae.

Compiled by Breton author Glyn German – originally from Quimper in Brittany but has Welsh ancestral roots, the book focuses on “not only on the historical background of Wales, but also the artistic, religious, social, economic and political aspects that have contributed to the development of the extraordinary resilient culture of the Welsh people.”

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Wales 56 England 0

This is not the predicted score for the forthcoming rugby match, or the number of injuries in each camp, but the number of victories by the Wales team against England in a new book published in preparation for the Rugby Wold Cup, called Wales Defeated England by Lynn Davies.

As the Wales v England match on 26 September is one of the most anticipated rugby matches of all time, this book reflects on all previous Welsh victories against the English.

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The Artist Behind Salem

It is an iconic image of Wales to compare with pit winding wheels, leeks and daffodils, rugby posts - and ladies in tall hats. Sydney Curnow Vosper's Salem has inspired and mystified Welsh poets, artists, and local historians for the best part of the 20th century.

This week Y Lolfa will release the first full biography of Curnow Vosper. Curnow Vosper: His Life and His Works by Joylon Goodman contains the largest number of his work ever published in one volume. He exhibited over two hundred watercolours, mainly in London, but the principal collections of his works are now held in Wales.

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British Soap Awards Winner Publishes Third Novel in Three Years

EastEnders' longest serving writer and winner of this year's Outstanding Achievent Award at the British Soap Awards ceremony, Rob Gittins, has published his third novel in three years with Y Lolfa press.

The award-winning screenwriter from Carmarthenshire launched Secret Shelter, this third thriller, in Carmarthen's Waterstones last week. The hard-hitting crime novel is set in the hidden world of witness protection, and features characters first encountered in the author's debut novel, Gimme Shelter (2013).

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Author of best-selling Welsh for Parents course releases brand-new handbook

“If we want people to use Welsh, then we need to continue to get much better at teaching people what they actually want to say and do – and Welsh for Parents: A Learner's Handbook is a small step on that journey.”

Lisa Jones learnt Welsh from scratch after moving to Brecon soon after her first child was born, in order to help put the language back into her family. She studied at the University of Glamorgan and taught Welsh at Coleg Gwent before starting to design and run Welsh classes tailored for busy parents in order to raise money for her children's Welsh-speaking primary school. Parents learnt practical everyday language for home, school and the community.

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Debut Author’s Book on Controversial 1974 Lions Tour Shortlisted for Rugby Book of the Year Award

Y Lolfa publishers are proud to announce that Undefeated – The Story of the 1974 Lions by debut author Rhodri Davies has been shortlisted for the coveted 2015 Cross British Sports Book Awards, one of the key events in the publishing and sporting calendar.

Published last summer to mark 40 years since the British and Irish Lions team triumphed in South Africa, Undefeated is now in its second edition. Penarth author Rhodri Davies will join the likes of football's fiery Roy Keane and flamboyant golfer Ian Poulter at the prestigious awards ceremony, which will take place at Lord's Cricket Ground on the 3rd of June, and will be filmed for broadcast on SkySports TV.

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Aberystwyth Author Finally Publishes Collection of Stories after 36 years

A collection of short stories has finally been published 36 years after they were first written by Aberystwyth-born Gwynn Davis.

In Aberystwyth Boy the author recalls his experiences as a young boy growing up in Aberystwyth in the 1950s and '60s, and immortalises the town's characters who made his adolescence truly memorable.

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The Rise and Fall of the Welsh Language

The well-known author and language tutor, Cennard Davies, has released a new edition of his book The Welsh Language, to include recent developments such as the disappointing results of the 2011 census and the appointment of the Welsh Language Commissioner.

“Since the beginning of the last century, the number and percentage of Welsh speakers have decreased in each consecutive census,” says Cennard Davies, who hails from Treorci, Rhondda. “Even though the 2001 census bucked the trend by showing an increase, this proved to be a false dawn as it was then followed by a 1.8% decline in 2011.

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‘Roller coaster’ autobiography of Aberystwyth TV Producer

“If I learned the knack of staying cool in a crisis, it all came from my years working in the newsroom,” recalls David Lloyd of Aberystwyth in his brand-new autobiography.

“News items from north Wales had to be driven down to Cardiff by van every day. News was not allowed to happen in Bangor after midday!

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